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Taps: 20 / Bottles: 1
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
4333 Spruce Street
phone: (215) 222-BEER
Open from 11:30am-2am seven days a week.
Kitchen will be open until Midnight every night.
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
The local 44 has been a beer bar I keep coming back to again and again. The atmosphere is very low key where you can meet with friends for a coversation, food and most important good beer.
The selection here is always in constant motion. Just about every week I find new and exciting beers on tap. I do find that a significant portion of the brews are from the west coast, mainly California. They also have 2 casks on hand at all times.
The food is well made and tasty. Though the selection is small it's quality and taste will keep you satisfied.
Finally the atmosphere is a huge reason I love this place. Situated on the corner of 44th and Spruce this bar maintains a local neighborhood vibe mixed with pinch of modernernist style.
The Local 44 is a must visit to any one this side of the Schuylkill.
05-03-2010 12:15:47 |
More by Wolfhausen
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
The newest place from the owners of Memphis Taproom, one of our favorite new bars. We could not wait to check it out since it is much closer to home.
Like MT, Local 44 has the feel of a cool corner bar. A medium sized u-shaped bar just inside the door has about 20 stools to go with a few bar tables and a dining room to the right. Reminds us of the Blind Tiger in look and vibe.
There are about 20 taps of high quality beer, with a strong emphasis on local products from Yards, Victory, Philly Brewing, DFH and Sly Fox. Some other US crafts (Allagash, Ommegang, RR Blind Pig) and some English and Belgian taps make up the rest of the lineup. One, yeah, one bottle selection (Orval).
I really enjoyed the comfort food emphasis. We had frito pie, one of my favorites, mini corn dogs and spinach croquettes. Like MT, the menu includes a fair number of vegetarian and vegan choices.
Service was attentive and friendly.
Can't wait to go back.
01-15-2009 17:51:26 |
More by sholland119
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Normally I would not travel this far from downtown,but with the promise from fellow BA'ers of so many of my beloved Russian River beers and with the great Philly bus system I went. This is a very small pub but I liked the atmosphere right away.As far as Russian River, one yes my friends one, Damnaton, which is one of the few I dont care for!!
But the bartender was very friendly and helpful and turned me on to the Williams Brothers 7 Giraffes, he explained everything about it and I like it so much and it is a complex beer, for me at least, I had two.
The bartender also said the most of the time they have two or three Russian River selections.
07-04-2011 20:45:44 |
More by VegasBill
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Fantastic place. Modern, trendy and hip with a lot of college kids as it is right up the street from Penn. Unbeatable beer selection, truly world class. They have everything from Victory to Hop Rod Rye and Hop wallop and Trappist beer. Food was excellent with a good selection of pub food, though a little more trendy than your typical fare. My only complaint was that it took quite a while to get a seat, even though there were plenty of empty tables, and everything (except the beer) took forever to come out. As soon as we got the beer, none of that mattered, had the Hop Rod Rye for the first time and it was phenomenal. Definitely a place to visit, you will probably never find a better beer selection anywhere.
03-29-2009 20:07:52 |
More by stingrayvr6
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I visited Local 44 on a Saturday afternoon and it was pretty dead, which gave me ample time to talk with the bartender. The place is quite dark in lighting and decor as well. When I stepped out into the sun it was like coming out of a movie theater. Anyway, the decor is simple and attractive, mainly dark wood. There are two rooms, a bar area and a table area, although you can get food at either. The beer selection consists of 20 taps, 2 beers on cask, and 1 in bottle (Orval). The selection was quite interesting, featuring beers from all over the country with a few locals thrown in. Smuttynose, yards, southern tier, lagunitas, bear republic, sly fox, and PBC to name a few. No macro stuff. I had a Russian River Consecration, which was served in appropriate glassware (tulip). The bartender was very friendly and quite knowledgeable, giving a flavor profile of various beers on tap when asked as well as offering samples. Prices were around $5 per pint and up to $7 for some of the high ABV stuff such as the Consecration, pretty reasonable for the northeast. I wouldn't make a special trip there if I were coming from out of town, but if it were in my neighborhood I would definitely go back.
08-09-2010 15:50:55 |
More by slk22
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Trekked over here from the suburbs during a recent stop in the city.
Atmosphere is good. It's got a very nice neighborhood feel to it. I felt as though half the people in the bar were regulars and the servers did their best to make you feel that way too. A long bar greets you upon entering on the left with a good deal of tables on the right. A large doorway on the right opens up into even more seating. The beer list is written on a chalkboard at the far end of the bar and a TV sits directly in the middle.
Quality is good. All glassware is appropriate and I especially appreciated their stubby glasses for half-pours. The temperature and head levels are also nice.
Service is also good. They seemed a bit understaffed while I was there and I had to wait longer than I'm used to a few times to put in my next order. That said, when the server was able to make it around she was very friendly.
Selection is very good. Around 15 taps with two beer engines. While I was there a good deal of locals were represented along with some of CA's finest.
Food was underwhelming. The burger I ordered was OK but with the recent burger revolution I was a bit disappointed. The fries were solid and the rest of their menu did look interesting.
Value is good. The half-pours are a good deal and even if you get a full pint it won't hit your wallet very hard.
Overall this place is a bit off the beaten path but that's what makes it more of a neighborhood bar. A nice selection with friendly service makes this place worth a stop if you're near the area.
10-28-2010 01:25:44 |
More by glid02
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Boston and Chicago are often described as cities "of neighborhoods." Philadelphia? Not so much, but Local 44 would make me consider it.
Tucked away on a quiet corner in West Philly, Local 44 offers just about everything you'd want in a local bar. The vibe manages to be both hip and inviting, homey and exciting. I've eaten and drank here twice now, and loved each visit. The draft list does a fine job balancing local breweries and beer geek favorites. Sly Fox, Yards and PBC are in good company alongside Great Divide, Lost Abbey, and Franziskaner. There are always one or two offerings on cask, and charmingly only Orval and a gluten-free option in bottles.
Go here with an appetite, though you won't need too much money - there are many options in the sub-$10 range here. On my last visit, I instantly regretted ordering my olive-oil poached, banana pepper-laden tuna melt as soon as I saw my friend's perfectly medium rare burger with a runny fried egg on top. I tend to avoid brunch like the plague, but the sweet potato latkes and maple-glazed hush puppies looked damn fine.
Every staff member is almost definitely cooler than I am. The bartenders and servers wouldn't look out of place in any number of bars in Cambridge or Fort Greene, and they're some of the friendliest beer bar employees I've ever come across. I've drank at the bar and eaten at tables, and the service has been helpful, courteous and incredibly efficient each time.
I'll be back to Local 44 for a PtY tapping or, more likely Sunday night Quizzo. A wonderful spot, one any neighborhood would be proud to call its own.
10-14-2011 01:22:33 |
More by amphion1065
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Came here for the first time tonight after hearing about this place after the Philly beer raids. Small but quaint bar. Nice oak wood character with your now standard craft beer hipster chalk board listing of available beers. Had a decent beer list but was only really interested in the Sierra Nevada beers they had specially on tap for Philly Beer Week. Service was about average. They were pretty busy at the time buy I wish the bartenders had checked up a little more often. Plus, the bartender didn't say thank you after picking up the check - a big no-no in my book. Food was attractively priced: $8 for a burger. It came out great and was pleasantly surprised. Only small pitfall was the final bill. Thought it would have come out a little cheaper. But still, I guess even the litlle guys have to pay the bills.
06-10-2010 01:08:32 |
More by jwhancher
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
I have finally been to the place enough times to feel I can get a handle on reviewing it. My first time was not great and I wasn't sure i would ever come back. The place was new and seemed confused as to what kind of place it was trying to be - restuarant, neighborhood bar, trendy nightspot, whatever. It wasn't any of these. Now that I have been back a few times, I have come to enjoy this place. The bar area isn't large but has a very warm feel to it. All that wood, the darkness, etc. overcome even the multiple large TV's to tend it toward that cozy neighborhood feel. Nearly twenty taps and two hand-pumps are divided up into a great range of options, so beer selection is this place's strong point. The bartenders are very attentive. The "restaurant" half, on the other hand, is cramped, noisey and uncomfortable. The food is mixed. Try the hushpuppies, fritters or any of the breakfast "sandwiches." The burgers, fish and chips, wings and other barfood were meso-meso. There are nice set of vegetarian options. The only complaints I have are that they constantly seem to run out of glassware and, when they are busy, they want to hustle you out of the "dining" area. They basically kick you out, if you are finished eating, even if you are still ordering beers, etc. All-in-all though, this is a great addition to West Philadelphia and...especially earned points by offering me Younger and Registration Ale :)
06-17-2010 01:18:49 |
More by regspeir
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Located in a bustling college section of West Philly in the UPENN district, this hole in the wall college institution boasts a fine selection of great beers...
Everything from Troegs, Victory, a few Belgians, Ommegang, Sixpoint...
Mostly a much younger, college-age crowd, with a decent sized space, not too cramped, dishing out pub fare...
Slightly out of the way from Central Philadelphia, but definitely worth a stop-in if you're in the area...
Would try going here again if it were closer to downtown... Otherwise, probably the best place in the area...
03-22-2009 01:30:33 |
More by dsa7783
Local 44 in Philadelphia, PA